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Big Island Candies Opens New Ala Moana Store

The ever so popular Big Island Candies, has opened a new store at Ala Moana Shopping center on the second level of the mall in the Macy’s Wing.

Photo via Ala Moana Center

Photo via Ala Moana Center

Pahoa’s Toys For Tots Benefit Coming Up

Media Release:

It’s that time of the year again, and organizing the Pahoa Toys For Tots is well under way. This year it will take the form of a full-on Rock N Roll dance and pupu buffet at Akebono Theater on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Musicians donating their performances include Dave Seawater’s IBIS, Bo Lozoff, Kaliko Guyz, and Dan Nixx as Elvis, with Penney Madamba serving as emcee. M J Svoboda and Maavae will be cooking up a storm to create a spread similar to the one they did for the Obama Inaugural Ball a coupla years back.

A silent auction will feature artworks from StoneFace Hawaii, Patti Pease Johnson, Charles Christian Hansen, Nelson and Kainoa Makua, Willie K and others, goodies from Big Island Candies, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island Toyota as well as lots of R&R memorabilia and more. Silent auctions are great venues for getting some really nice holiday gifts at a fraction of their retail value!

Since it is a T4T benefit, admission is a $20 ticket OR a NEW, UNwrapped toy or child’s gift. Luquin’s will be manning the bar, so the event is only open to those 21 years and older. Of course, you’ll have to pay for your own drinks. But the rest is included in the price of admission.

Please turn out to help celebrate the holidays and help the needy children in our community. It’s gonna be rougher this year than last as many people’s reserves are no more!

And anyone willing to donate a nice item to the silent auction should please call Frankie Stapleton at 965-8945. Since T4T is a non-profit, tax deductions are applicable for those donating to the cause!

Big Island Candies & Sig Zane Designs Box Collaboration

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Ka Lei `Ahinahina

Noho ana `o `āhinahina kūpaianaha i ke po`o o ka `ohu!

Wreathed in mist, the extraordinary Silverswords dwell with the summit clouds!

Ka Lei `Ahinahina

The Silversword chooses to live in the Wao Akua. This region is where the gods dwell and is near the summit of our tallest mountains. On Hawai`i island, the `ahinahina is a close relative to its cousin on Maui isle. “Lei `ahinahina” is a metaphor that there is nothing greater, as no other plants grow closer to the heavens. This is compliment given often to a wise person who has accomplished much in their lives.

Ka Lei `Ahinahina Print on a Big Island Candies Box

This special version of the esteemed Silversword is dedicated to Allan Ikawa and Lance Duyao. Both have been inspirational creating anew for every season and for their unique products.

Sig Zane with Allan Ikawa and Lance Duyao

Established in 1977 in the bayside town of Hilo, Hawaii, Big Island
Candies
is world renown for their Chocolate Dipped Macadamia Nut
Shortbreads, decadent brownies, exotic truffles and more. The
award-winning Hilo chocolatier is equally famous for their outstanding
product packaging.
Boxes are available at Big Island Candies Hilo location or through their mail order catalog.

www.bigislandcandies.com
www.sigzane.com

A Field Trip to Big Island Candies With an Assist from The Intercultural Twilight Zone

Big Island Candies

Well The Intercultural Twilight Zone  sure took the winds out of my sail with his recent blog today “Why Japanese Love BIC

You can find Big Island Candies at 585 Hinano Street in Hilo, Hawaii.

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Since he did such a great job with the post… I’m just gonna throw pictures in with his words.  I myself went down their today to pick up some cookies for some friends and family on the mainland.  The place is a great place for several reasons.

(Intercultural Twilight Zone = RED)

Big Island Candies

BIC has crafted a product and shopping experience that Japanese customers absolutely love.

Big Island Candies

Some of BIC’s “secrets” to success include:

They hand you coffee and a cookie when you walk in the door. How can you not feel good?

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The layout and decor are aesthetically beautiful…

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…the gift wrapping exquisite; they’ve even partnered with Sig Zane to design some of their packaging (Japanese culture places high value on beauty, a legacy of their Shinto and Buddhist traditions)

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The store is well lit and sparkles; the shiny kitchen is openly displayed beyond the big glass windows (Japanese love cleanliness, a legacy from their Shinto tradition)

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On busy days every aisle has a Japanese/bilingual person available to answer questions

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Employees provide great service: when the check-out lines start getting busy BIC employees quickly open another register so customers can be checked out quickly and efficiently

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BIC candy and cookies use just the right amount of sugar (not as sweet as most American candy/cookies)–the Japanese think BIC’s products have the right level of sweetness

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BIC is set up to ship product anywhere in the world, a big help for Japanese who have too much omiyage to drag home anyway.

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Well I’d like to personally thank The Intercultural Twilight Zone for providing such excellent analysis on the place.

If you want to see his full blog on Big Island Candies, you can find it here.

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